NASCAR driver Kyle Larson fired by team after saying N-word during virtual race
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Chip Ganassi Racing on Tuesday announced it is ending its relationship with NASCAR driver Kyle Larson after he was heard saying a racial slur during a virtual race over the weekend.

The auto racing organization said in a statement on Tuesday that “the comments Larson made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization.”

“As we continued to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take,” the group continued.

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According to NBC News, the firing came two days after Larson was heard saying the N-word during a live broadcast of an iRacing event he had been competing in on Sunday.

The moment reportedly came as the driver appeared to have technical difficulties communicating using his headset.

“You can't hear me?” he said. “Hey, (expletive).”

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“Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud,” one driver responded back.

“No way did that just happen,” another person also said.

Chip Ganassi Racing joined NASCAR in suspending Larson shortly after the incident on Monday before the group announced it would be cutting ties with the driver on Tuesday.

On Monday, Larson also posted a video on Twitter of him apologizing for using the slur.

“Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said. There’s no excuse for that,” he said in the video. “I wasn’t raised that way. It’s just an awful thing to say.” 

“I feel very sorry for my family, my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community and especially the African American community,” he continued, adding, "I understand the damage is probably unrepairable, and I own up to that. But I just want to let you all know how sorry I am, and I hope everybody is staying safe during these crazy times.”